Archive for January, 2013

ASA’s Biotech Working Group Meets in Washington D.C.

ASA’s Biotech Working Group met Jan. 30-31 in Washington, D.C. to continue working with industry partners to advocate for the next generation of biotech soybean traits. The working group comprises farmer leaders from ASA, the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). Together with corporate members BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow, DuPont … Read More »

Court Ruling Upholds RFS Advanced Biofuel Requirements

On Jan. 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to reduce the Advanced Biofuels volume requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). API argued against the cellulosic requirement citing the fact that it is not yet commercially produced at sufficient levels … Read More »

ASA Backs Bill Eliminating Duplicative Pesticide Permit Requirements

ASA President Danny Murphy applauded legislation introduced yesterday by Senate Agriculture Committee members Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) that amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to eliminate the duplicative pesticide permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act. The bill, S. 175, will ensure that Clean Water Act permits are not needed for the applications of pesticides … Read More »

ASA Backs Bill Eliminating Duplicative Pesticide Permit Requirements

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes legislation introduced yesterday from Senate Agriculture Committee members Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) that amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to eliminate the duplicative pesticide permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act. The bill, S. 175, will ensure that Clean Water Act permits are … Read More »

ASA/WISHH Program Concludes Tilapia Feeding Demonstrations in Pakistan

ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program recently completed tilapia feeding demonstrations at seven sites throughout Pakistan utilizing floating fish feed produced with U.S. soybean meal. The demonstration was a strong success – the fish grew quickly and to a market size that was considerably larger than any tilapia that had been in … Read More »

Sign Up for Soy Booster Plot Program by March 2

ASA, FMC Corporation and NACHURS are looking for 125 soybean growers to enroll in the new Soy Booster Plot Program by March 2, and conduct a Soy Booster field trial on their farm in 2013. ASA, FMC and NACHURS will work with the participating growers to conduct field trials utilizing FMC’s Capture LFR (Liquid Fertilizer … Read More »

Sen. Mark Pryor Assumes Ag Approps Chairmanship

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) assumed the chair of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which writes budgets for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration. The new position for Sen. Pryor, who is up for reelection next year, restores a bit of the clout on agricultural programs that his home state of Arkansas lost when then-Senate Agricultural Committee … Read More »

ASA, FMC, NACHURS Announce Soy Booster Plot Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) announces a new partnership with FMC Corporation and NACHURS—the 2013 Soy Booster Plot Program. ASA is seeking 125 growers across the soybean-growing region to enroll by the March 2 deadline and conduct a Soy Booster field trial on their farm during the 2013 production season. ASA, FMC and NACHURS will … Read More »

ASA Chairman Reports from Federal Reserve Bank of KC Food and Ag Roundtable

ASA Chairman Steve Wellman attended the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Food and Agriculture Roundtable, Jan. 15-16. Attendees represented the agriculture industry, including production livestock and crops, processors, lenders, manufacturers, transportation, energy and economists. Given the uncertainty in the economy, the Kansas City Fed is interested in investments such as farmland, equipment, machinery, buildings, … Read More »

ASA Farmer-Leaders Participate in AGP Annual Meeting; Meet with Media at DTN

ASA farmer-leaders and staff and representatives of ASA’s state affiliates were in Omaha, Neb. Jan. 17-18 to participate in the annual meeting of Ag Processing Inc (AGP) and conduct media outreach at DTN/The Progressive Farmer. ASA Chairman Steve Wellman met with DTN Editor-in-Chief Greg Horstmeier, Executive Editor Marcia Zarley Taylor, Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton … Read More »

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